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Buccaneers in the hunt for secondary help

New England Patriots' Welker can't keep a handle on an incomplete pass against Miami Dolphins' Smith during their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in search of help to upgrade a pass defense that ranked dead last in the league last season.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Buccaneers are pursuing several options to bolster their secondary. In addition to their chase for 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, Tampa Bay is after a trio of free agent cornerbacks in Miami’s Sean Smith, Atlanta’s Brent Grimes and Philadelphia’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

One complication to the Buccaneers search is the grievance filed by Eric Wright over a supposed voiding of nearly $8 million in guaranteed money for his PED suspension last season. If Wright wins the grievance, the Buccaneers will have to pay him the $7.75 million owed to him in guaranteed money. If he loses, they’ll be able to cut Wright or force him to take a pay cut.

Until that is resolved, the Buccaneers won’t know for sure how much money they have to work with

The need to upgrade their secondary is among the top of the Buccaneers issues to address this offseason. Tampa Bay ranked last in the league last season allowing 297 yards per game through the air.

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14 Responses to “Buccaneers in the hunt for secondary help”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 11, 2013 11:18 PM

    Learn from the Redskins and build thru the draft. We drafted RGIII, Morris, Kerrigan etc. and win all the time. Thank you Snyder, Allen and Shanahan for setting the example for the rest of the NFL.

  2. houseofbacon says: Mar 11, 2013 11:18 PM

    I vote we sign all of them, and Eric Wright vanishes from the face of the Earth.

  3. bouchez9393 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:28 PM

    Run DRC! Sign cromartie and worry about what happens with wright later on. Immediate improvement at CB and u don’t need Goldson when Barron has a year under his belt and ronde might come back. Spend the rest of the money on welker or amendola and that will give freeman the perfect slot receiver he painfully needs!

  4. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Mar 11, 2013 11:30 PM

    Redskins are the model? Seriously? They were one first down from losing to the Bucs last season. Bucs should definitely go after some DB help, it’ll free up the draft for best available.

  5. minnesotablizzard says: Mar 11, 2013 11:38 PM

    Does DRC return punts/kicks? If so, the Vikings are in need of a new return man with Percy gone, and we can always use the corner help.

  6. kaeperdicking says: Mar 11, 2013 11:38 PM

    I ask that you not sign Seth Smith. Stick it to the dirty birds and go grab Grimes.

  7. gotampabay52 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:59 PM

    Wright you screwed up Talib got busted and then a week later you got busted for aderall so your an idiot sorry but you suck and your stupid see ya walk the plank like a diva

  8. milkmandanimal says: Mar 12, 2013 12:31 AM

    “Buccaneers in the hunt for secondary help” is breaking news in the way that “Water is wet” and “Fire burns” is breaking news.

  9. guvsta says: Mar 12, 2013 5:27 AM

    Someone is going to make a huge financial mistake with Sean Smith. He has great measurables and a total belief in his abilities but he plays soft, gives up easy plays and can’t hold onto the ball. I’ve been waiting 4 years for him to become a dominant player but he’s too inconsistent. I won’t be upset if he signs elsewhere and I certainly wouldn’t pay him more than $6m annually.

  10. Duke says: Mar 12, 2013 6:26 AM

    Xavier Rhodes!

  11. jeagan1999 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:29 AM

    Wright will be gone…no way he wins the appeal! Schiano and Dominik are handling this the right way…grab a couple of good young DB’s in free agency, and then we can concentrate on upgrades on the D-Line, Right Tackle and Tight End in the Draft. The only other strong need position is strong side Linebacker…Quincy Black will probably be gone (freeing up another $5mil), so we need a good young OLB to team with David and Foster. If I were running the Bucs I might also take a look at somebody like Danny Amendola as a slot receiver to pair with V-Jax and Mike Williams….Bucs are going to be a team to be reckoned with this season!!!

  12. flmike says: Mar 12, 2013 7:26 AM

    After 20 years of Little Danny playing fantasy football the Skins are a model franchise?

  13. toosharp23 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    Skins have 3rd worst record since 98 and in the last 4 years have signed multiple Bucs players and staff including Bruce Allen, Raheem Morris, several front office people, Tanard jackson, Dezmon Briscoe and nowgoing after Aqib Talib, over the past decade they have signed at least 8 other bucs I can think of.. they should be called the Bucskins..

  14. gatorbait35 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    I laugh at Xavier Rhodes! PLEASE do not draft that fool….Watkins and Hopkins (Clemson) are the only NFL caliber WR’s they played this year, and the entire secondary got torched. Let’s also not forget that Tajh Boyd is not Andrew Luck, or anywhere close to it. He’s way overrated!
    As for Sean “Seth” Smith (LOL), he’s been coached by what in Miami? Miami has been a coaching revolving door. With that much in measurables and talent, I’d sign Smith long before I drafted anyone (incl Rhodes). At least he’s done it on the NFL level.

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